Israeli fighter jets challenge Iran passenger plane – Iran media

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Israeli fighter jets have come dangerously close to an Iranian passenger plane in Syrian airspace, Iran’s Irib state news agency reports.

It says the pilot of the Mahan Air aircraft had to quickly change altitude, which resulted in injuries among several passengers.

Video posted by Irib shows one jet from the window of the plane and a passenger who had blood on his face.

Irib later quoted sources as saying the fighter jets could be American.

The Mahar Air aircraft en route from Tehran to Beirut later landed safely, an airport source in the Lebanese capital told Reuters news agency.

It was not immediately known how many passengers and crew were on board the plane.

Neither Israel nor the US have commented on the reported incident.

Mahan Air is Iran’s private airline that was established in 1991.

In 2011, the US imposed sanctions on Mahan Air, accusing it of providing financial, material and technological support to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

In 2019, several European countries banned the company from operating at their airports.